Stand Up For Seth
After a particularly tough 2016, they welcomed 2017 with excitement; ready to embrace the year ahead ....alas the universe had different plans.
On the 13th of April, Seth sought the advice of his GP after suffering pain in his left wrist. A MRI scan soon revealed a large spinal cancer encroaching on the spinal cord.
Seth's surgery was scheduled at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and took place on Monday (8th of May). After 8 hours in the operating theatre, the surgeon desribed things as having 'gone to plan' with majoirty of the tumour being removed however it was not until Seth woke in the ward with what he described as his 'magic legs'.
One of the surgeries real risks; paraplegia had been cruelly realised.
Seth and his beautiful wife Carla were told the heart breaking news yesterday that he is highly unlikely to ever regain function in his legs and is paralysed from the waist down.....they are yet to find out the type of cancer, with the real possibility of more surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy to follow. This is utter devastation for the young, vibrant, fun loving energetic family.
For those that know this family, you will understand how truly unfair and heartbreaking this is. Both Carla and Seth are nurses and have cared for our families (and maybe even yours) and now its time we look after theirs. They have three beautiful children, Henry and Edward who just celebrated their first birthday and big sister Lilly who is three and keeps a close eye on everything and everyone!
We know that a $100,000 target is ambitious, but this diagnosis now brings the costs of medical care, hospital parking for Carla and not to mention both of them now not being able to work and having to cover costs for their mortgage, children and groceries etc. They need to fund modifications to their home before Seth can return in a wheelchair. The impact that this diagnosis will have on their lives is profound and will impact every facet.
Any extra will assist in securing Henry, Edward and Lilly's future and making sure they can stay in their home.
Thank you in advance for whatever you can spare (no matter how small).
So, friends, the universe decided that Seth and Carla didn't have enough to deal with.
Carla is no stranger to severe abdominal pain, having endured decades of endometriosis, infertility, IVF and life-threatening complications, operations, and ICU admission after the twins were born.
After having pain last week escalating to nearly unbearable this week, Carla went to her GP. Since then she's been to a series of ultrasounds, follow ups, specialists, surgeons and an MRI and is now facing emergency surgery of her own to remove a 7cmx7cm mass from her ovary, probably as soon as next week.
The mass is likely to be a cyst but a tumour can't be ruled out until it's removed.
I don't need to let you know that Seth is still in hospital, modifications are currently underway in their home and Carla is caregiver to Lilly, Henry and Edward.
I know everyone has been so generous already. Please, if you can help in any way, your assistance would be more valuable than ever. If you could help with meals, or spreading the word for the gofundme page, or practical support in the home with the kids, cleaning, washing etc.
Every little bit counts.
Hi Carla & Seth. If you still need modifications done at your home please feel free to call me anytime to arrange a time to meet and go through what you require. I have a small team of carpenters and can also call on other trades to lend a hand where needed. I will cover all labour costs. 0423073177. Regards Matt Farmer
Hi Seth and Carla its Linda (ex ward clerk 3C) and Logan Hospital if you need a hand with anything I am not working anymore you can call me on 0438184733 if you need ANYTHING the only day I am not free is Monday as I babysit my new grand daughter, you look amazing Seth but I knew you would be a fighter, take care Linda